Manipal Journal of Medical Sciences


Malignancies of external auditory canal (EAC) are uncommon. One per million is the annual incidence. Most common is squamous cell carcinoma, followed by adenoid cystic, basal cell carcinoma and melanoma. Consensus on treatment modality may vary due to the rarity of the tumour. We present a case of squamous cell carcinoma of EAC limited to the cartilaginous part l, presenting with intermittent ear discharge for many months. A sleeve resection with safety margin was done and a split-thickness skin grafting was done for reconstruction. There was no immediate complication and no evidence of any recurrence even after one and a half year of follow up.